Sunday, December 28, 2008

shadow tail

"shadow tail" is the literal translation of the old greek word which forms the base of our word "squirrel." it was taken into latin, then into old french, and finally into english. the meaning seemed to be, "animal whose tail is so big it can shade itself." i looked up this and other words for fun on the online etymology dictionary over christmas.

"squirrel" used as a verb first appeared in 1939.

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